Songkran water festival
An elephant sprays tourists with water in celebration of the Songkran Water Festival in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters

The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year and it is believed to wash away bad luck. The festival is also celebrated as the Thai New Year. Songkran festival is observed from April 13 to April 15.

Residents spend these three days of the festival with fun-filled water fights and non-stop revelries. People celebrate Songkran by splashing water on each other in the form of a wish for a year filled with blessings. This is the time when locals also pay respect to their elders by pouring water through their hands - a gesture meant to symbolise purification ahead of the New Year.

The Songkran celebration is rich with symbolic traditions. Mornings begin with merit-making. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly practiced. On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday.

Bangkok city sees a number of Songkran parties and foam parties on the occasion of the festival. Traditional parades are held and in some venues "Miss Songkran" is crowned. In this gallery, IBTimes Singapore brings you a glimpse of the Songkran water festival in Thailand.

Songkran water festival
An elephant sprays tourists with water in celebration of the Songkran Water Festival in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Revellers react at a foam party during Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Revellers take part in a water fight at Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Revellers dance during a water fight at Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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A reveller reacts at a foam party during Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Local residents and tourists take part in waterfights during the Songkran water festival on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. Reuters
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Revellers take part in a water fight at Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Revellers react at a foam party during Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Revellers take part in a water fight at Songkran Festival celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. Reuters
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Local residents and tourists take part in water fights during the Songkran water festival on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. Reuters